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Happy Groundhog Day!

February 2, 2009
  February 2nd is Groundhog day in North America, and there are several prognosticating rodents that tell us if we can expect 6 more weeks of winter.  In fact, according to some news articles the idea started in Germany as a superstition. 
  "According to German superstition, if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early." 
 – International Herald Tribune.
  Nowadays Canadians celebrate the ceremony with Wiarton Willie, who predicted another six weeks of winter.  The most famous of woodchucks (the other name they are known by), is probably Punxsutawney Phil who was immortalized in the movie, Groundhog day.  He also predicted the long winter today.  In the news, the Groundhog in New York, Staten Island Chuck, did not see his shadow and in addition to predicting a shorter winter, he bit the Mayor on the hand.  In my research I found a plethora of Marmota Monax out there predicting, including Woody the Woodchuck from Michigan, and you can watch her video See Woody Here! or you can surf in cyberland to Moosejaw and check out a pic of Snewsie the Gopher, both of these rodents predict the long winter.
  It is interesting to note that groundhogs don’t really come out to predict the weather, it is their time to mate which brings them out.  Then who cares if it is still winter?  It’s time to get busy!
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